Recommended Drivers for 3D work in Fedora 23

asked 2016-03-08 02:07:35 -0600

in03 gravatar image

Hey guys!

New to Fedora, but used Ubuntu for a good while before reverting to Windows for a good period. I'm into 3D work and compositing, and a lot of the programs I'm learning are Linux compatible so I thought I'd hop back into Linux. I'm on a Dell M3800 with integrated Intel HD4600 and Nvidia Quadro k1100M set up in optimus. I'm working with Nuke, Maya, Houdini, Blender, etc, so proper 3D acceleration is a MUST and CUDA/OpenCL is a must. If possible, I'd love to get optimus running properly, because my laptop chews through battery like nuts.

What drivers do I install and how? I've been told "Don't use the RPMFusion drivers" and "Don't download the drivers from the Nvidia site" because it'll break my login in future kernel updates.

After research I decided to install the .run self-compile CUDA driver from Nvidia, but I think I goofed it. So calling optirun gives me an access denied error.

Any informative insight would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

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so you installed the nvidia driver from the nvidia site (with the .run file) despite instruction not to and you wonder why your system is not working ? See If the nvidia driver does not work, file a bug report with nvidia or get a new, linux compatible card, same as with any OS (you have to use compatible hardware) or if yo do not use windows, buy a laptop with Fedora pre-instaled.

bodhi.zazen gravatar imagebodhi.zazen ( 2016-03-08 07:44:43 -0600 )edit

You say that you did your research, but clearly you didn't check here. If you had, you would have seen hundreds of threads on this subject, all of them telling you that if you install the .run file you'll have to boot into a CLI and do it again every time the kernel is updated. All I can tell you now is that you need to uninstall the .run file and follow the instructions that bodhi.zazen links to.

sideburns gravatar imagesideburns ( 2016-03-08 13:54:07 -0600 )edit

Sorry if I've caused offense or misunderstanding. I was fully aware that I would have to update the drivers every time I installed a new kernel. But from my possibly crappy research, I understood that was the only way to get CUDA working with Bumblebee.

I don't believe I framed my question well enough, so I'll try to rephrase and be more specific:

Do the RPMfusion drivers provide CUDA acceleration support, or do I need to install the CUDA drivers and toolkit from the Nvidia page additionally/instead?

Is it possible to get CUDA accelerated graphics working with Bumblebee? And if so How?

in03 gravatar imagein03 ( 2016-03-09 08:02:27 -0600 )edit

Your question is not offensive, however .... The Fedora community generally has good documentation and generally expects you to read it (as you can see from the comments here). Note: If you use the closed source drivers support is limited here for what should be obvious reasons, you will have to file a bug report with Nvidia.

bodhi.zazen gravatar imagebodhi.zazen ( 2016-03-09 13:15:05 -0600 )edit